FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are always a lot of questions when deciding on a quality preschool for your child. We have put together a list of the top questions, if your questions is not listed please call or send us an email and we will be happy to answer it for you!
Is the A Happy Healthy Start Program a licensed program?
Yes! AHHS program is licensed in good standing through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
Are all of your staff members CPR Certified?
Yes! All teachers at AHHS are CORI/SORI checked, adult and pediatric CPR and First Aid Certified, and registered with the Background Record Check system for childcare settings in the state of MA.
What is your teacher to student ratio?
A Happy Healthy Start maintains small teacher to student ratios to ensure each student has the opportunity for individual and small group instruction. Most classes keep a 7:1 student/teacher ratio.
What is a play based curriculum?
Play-based preschool classrooms are set up in sections, usually having a kitchen area, a play house, a reading nook, a sensory table, a block area, etc. Much of the class time is made up of free-choice centers, where children go to one of these areas in the classroom and “play”.
Teachers incorporate academic skills through theme-based activities and may add theme-based props to classroom learning centers.
The main goal is to develop social and emotional skills by teacher modeling.
The teacher acts as a facilitator of learning rather than a lecturer of direct instruction.
Students’ progress is monitored by their participation in hands-on activities and observational assessments, not by worksheets and drills.
Play-based classrooms are more about the process of learning and are less concerned about the product. Teachers work hard to create an atmosphere of discovery, exploration and appropriate risk-taking.
Academics are taught by weaving literacy and math into all learning areas. For example, the dramatic play center will have a pad of paper and some pencils to make a grocery list when set up like a grocery store, or the sensory table might have play dough and rocks when learning about the Great Wall of China in an around the world preschool theme.
Overall this type of program uses the BEST time and BEST activities that day to encourage the BEST learning!